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10 Brain Myths Busted

It's going to take more than 10 percent of your brain to read this story<p>In the Hollywood action-film <i>Lucy</i>, actor Morgan Freeman—playing a world-renowned neurologist— speaks to a packed auditorium. “It’s estimated most human beings only use 10 percent of their brains’ capacity,” he says. “Imagine if …

24 MacArthur 'Genius' Grant Winners Announced

A tap dancer who has spent her life demanding respect for an overlooked art form. A writer at the center of the national conversation about race. A sociologist who lived in a trailer park to study evictions.<p>They are among the 24 winners of this year's "genius grants," each to receive $625,000 over …

Columbia University

9 Crazy Body Hacks That Give You Superhuman Powers

But don't try these at home. Seriously.<p>Gamers often perform repetitive tasks to improve their character’s skill set, gain rewards, and advance to new levels. The process is known as grinding: Now, an underground movement has taken up that expression, calling themselves grinders, and they’re trying …

Alaska

Sony launches Xperia Z5 family with fingerprint sensor and new camera

<b>Read next:</b> The Sony Xperia Z5 and Z5 Compact review.<p>Like previous years, the new Xperias feature the same, tried-and-tested design: glass on the front and back, and a rounded, bumper-like frame protecting the edges. There are small variations between the three, like a new frosted effect on the …

Phones

12 images that will make you wonder why you have not visited Slovakia yet

SLOVAKIA IS LOCATED IN CENTRAL EUROPE. It borders Austria, the Czech Republic, Poland, Ukraine, and Hungry. Bratislava (the capital city) is small, …

The modern news conference is a scripted farce: Why Jorge Ramos’ badgering of Donald Trump was a necessary corrective

Once famously combative, press conferences have morphed into carefully choreographed, entirely predictable affairs<p>When I heard that Donald Trump had booted Univision’s Jorge Ramos from a press conference on Tuesday in Dubuque, Iowa, I couldn’t wait to watch the indignant response of the other …

Donald Trump

National Geographic Travel

23 pictures not to look at if you're terrified of heights

But when people conquer those fears, the places they go and views they see can be truly breathtaking.<p>Reuters curated a series of images of brave individuals who take the concept of "living on the edge" to the next level.<p>Whether it's for a specific job function or just for enjoyment, these images …

Zip-lines

This $30 device defeats almost any keyless car or garage door

You probably don't think about thieves when you unlock your car, but Samy Kamkar certainly does. The security researcher known for his droll (and scary) hacks has created a device called "Rolljam" that cracks the wireless entry systems used by car- and garage-door makers. He demonstrated it at …

On Oahu, you can see how that rum for your mai tai is made

That mai tai you're drinking on a Hawaiian beach? You can make it even more authentic and see where rum comes — at least, on Oahu — on a new factory tour.<p>Manulele Distillers, in Kunia Camp about 25 miles northwest of Waikiki, recently began offering 30-minute tours of the grounds and distillery …

Microsoft's free Windows 10 giveaway: What that means

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Microsoft's new Windows 10 operating system debuts Wednesday, as the longtime leader in PC software hopes that giving the upgrade away for free will help it carve out a new role in a world where people increasingly rely on smartphones, tablets and information stored online.<p>The …

San Francisco
Duggar Family

12 incredible US destinations that haven't been discovered by tourists

A recent Quora thread discussed unique places in the United States that aren't frequently visited by tourists.<p>From the picturesque False Kiva in Utah's Canyonlands National Park, whose exact destination remains a secret, to the crystal-blue Havasupai Falls in Grand Canyon National Park, here are 12 …

National Parks

Windows 10: The 'Insider' story

Microsoft's Gabe Aul explains how the company's 'Insider' programme has helped to shape Windows 10, ahead of its official release on 29 July<p>With the launch of Windows 10 just over a month away, Microsoft is gearing up for what may be the most significant update to its operating system since the …

The Pope’s Moral Case for Taking On Climate Change

Francis’s first encyclical is a cry to save the environment—and make a priority of theology over politics.<p>“The majority of people living on our planet profess to be believers.” It is a statement of fact, an intellectual premise, a gentle claim of territory. In his new encyclical on environmental …

Christianity

It Snowed Once And Other Things Donald Trump Thinks Prove Global Warming Is A Hoax

In a long speech in front of many American flags, billionaire Donald Trump announced Tuesday he was throwing his hat in the already-crowded ring for …

'Smart' guns may help prevent violence — if they can make it on the U.S. market

German entrepreneur Bernd Dietel had a radical idea about gun safety.<p>After a 2002 shooting at the Gutenberg-Gymnasium in Erfurt that left 16 people dead, Dietel envisioned guns with coded digital locks, similar to the ones his company installed on buildings.<p>In eight years, the Armatix iP1 — a …

Scientists film death of white blood cell for first time and discover alert system

Australian and US scientists capture on video each stage of death of a human white blood cell, revealing the dying cells apparently try to alert their neighbours<p>In a world first, Melbourne scientists have captured on video each stage of death of a human white blood cell, a phenomenon never seen …

La Trobe University

New Fallout Shelter game announced, coming to Android later

Are you a fan of the Fallout franchise? If so, you were probably paying close attention to your news feed as Bethesda took the stage at E3 2015. They gave us some details on Fallout 4, which is really what everyone was expecting, but they also gave mobile fans some love.<p>Bethesda has been working on …

Touchscreens

National Geographic Travel

Great-horned owl eclipses the moon

A young owl on her first night out from the nest, and a moon just past full.<p>John Ashley in Montana submitted this photo to EarthSky this week. He …

Karnak Temple in Luxor, Egypt, Targeted by Attackers: Official

CAIRO — Security forces foiled a terrorist attack on a popular tourist site in Egypt, authorities said, shooting dead two assailants and injuring a third.<p>Egypt's Interior Ministry said the attackers, armed with live ammunition and explosive devices, were confronted by security forces when they …

Extremism

Top 10: Best Survival Knives (June.2017) - Buyer's Guide & Reviews

<b>Top Survival Knives</b> | Add to Flipboard Magazine.<p>Survival Knives help us to survive our lives in wilderness environment or emergency situation. …

The No-Bite Camping Light

Thermacell’s newest camping lantern delivers superior insect protection in a rock-solid lighting platform.<p>by the <i>Outside Daily</i> staff<p>One of the things …

Insects

Science Seeks to Unlock Marijuana Secrets

As the once-vilified drug becomes more accepted, researchers around the world are trying to understand how it works and how it might fight disease.<p>There’s nothing new about cannabis, of course. It’s been around humankind pretty much forever.<p>In Siberia charred seeds have been found inside burial …

What would you see in a black hole?

What would it be like to fly a spacecraft into a black hole? Marcus Woo investigates.<p>Something about a black hole just pulls you in. Sure, its gravity is so strong that not even light can elude its grasp. But, there's something else, something harder to pinpoint. Maybe it's a black hole's absolute …

Black Holes

Source of Antarctica’s Eerie ‘Bleeding Glacier’ Found

Antarctica's Dry Valleys are the most arid places on Earth, but underneath their icy soils lies a vast and ancient network of salty, liquid water filled with life, a new study finds.<p>The Dry Valleys are almost entirely ice-free, except for a few isolated glaciers. Inside the canyons, the climate is …

Nature Communications
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